Lion Guide and Parent Orientation The Lion Pilot

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation The Lion Pilot

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation The Lion Pilot The Boy Scouts of Americas pilot program for kindergarten-age boys Welcome Welcome to the Lion orientation! If you are an experienced leader, relaxyou will have this down in no time! If you are new to the program, come with us and enjoy learning about Lions! Thank you for taking on the role of Lion guide. Your role is very important! You will help kindergarten boys and families enjoy their first experience in Scouting.

You will be helping to create memories that will last a lifetime and be helping to build stronger families as they discover the fun of Scouting. The Lion Pilot Created by the Boy Scouts of America to address the needs of kindergarten-age boys Must be 5 years old by September 30, 2016, and not yet 7 years old to participate Designed as an introduction to Cub Scouting Should be implemented as the curriculum is written to ensure the validity of the pilot Overview The Lion pilot program offers kindergarten-age boys

and their adult partners an experience that includes: Fun while achieving Scoutings desired outcomes Active and fast-paced excitement Hands-on exploration Values-based and relevant content

Focused time together as a family Scouting Is Scouting is designed to provide a fun adventure for boys that helps them Be Prepared for their future. Scouting will: Build character Foster citizenship

Develop personal fitness Develop leadership skills Participate in outdoor activities But the kids just want to have fun Of course they do! Lions will be too caught up in fun to realize how much theyre growing.

Getting Started Recruit Lion youth and leaders for fall 2016. Adult partners complete the youth application and submit fees to the pack. Lion guides complete the adult application and submit fees to the pack. Lion guides complete the required Youth Protection training. Youth Protection training is available free online at www.scouting.org/training/youthprotection.aspx. Although Youth Protection training is required only for Lion guides, it is suggested that all adult partners complete the training. What Do You Need to Start? Youll need the program materials kit

(Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook, Lion Adventure Book, and stickers). The youth Lion Adventure Book is designed as a memory or keepsake book. The uniform is a Lion T-shirt and an optional cap. Adults are encouraged to wear a Cub Scout activity shirt or Lion polo shirt, or follow the packs uniform custom. Basic Structure Dens of six to eight boys, plus adult partners Two den meetings per month Den meeting Usually lasts about 45 minutes Outing

Field trips with the entire family Participation in two to three pack meetings Lion Guides Set the Example Get started on the right foot. Help families agree to a meeting location and time. Plan and prepare for the initial den meeting. Show the families a well-run den meeting. Have each adult partner sign up for a turn leading a den meeting and outing during the year. Shared Leadership Lion guide (an experienced den leader)

Oversees the den Communicates with participating families Leads initial den meetings and outings Mentors adult partners as they lead den meetings and outings during the year Integrates with the pack and pack leadership Shared Leadership, continued Adult partner Participates with Lion in all meetings and outings

Takes turns leading a den meeting and outing, which is important for several reasons: 1) It shows you leading, and your son will be proud of you. 2) Leadership is easier when everyone takes a small part. 3) Its fun to be a part of contributing to the dens success. Leading a Den Meeting Everything you need to lead the den meeting or outing is in the Lion Parent and Leader Guidebook.

Preparation Gathering Opening Talk time Activities Closing After the meeting Weve made it easyits all here! Just follow this guide and youll be fine. Take a Look Inside the Guidebook Everything you need is here. Adventures

Enjoy the program, have fun, and engage all families. Required Adventures Elective Adventures Lions Honor (First meeting) Fun on the Run! Animal Kingdom Mountain Lion King of the Jungle Ill Do It Myself Pick My Path Gizmos and Gadgets On Your Mark

Build It Up, Knock It Down Rumble in the Jungle Ready, Set, Grow The timing for completing adventures is at the discretion of the den. 14 Remember Your Audience Kindergartners bring many great attributes to your den. They are eager to learn, with high energy and very short attention spans. Its a time of wonder and curiosity. In your den meetings and outings, remember that kindergartners havent yet mastered sitting still for long periods. To help Lions focus for success, have active time ready to go at a moments notice. Have them do jumping jacks or stretches with their arms reaching up to the ceiling.

If they are having a hard time listening or engaging, STOP what you are doing and try one of these to get back on track. o Try some fun or active elements between talk time and activities. Activity will help Lions refocus their energy and be ready to listen and participate. o Be creative, ask them questions, and have fun! Recognition Lions are recognized for each completed adventure with a sticker for their Lion Adventure Book. No advancement report is required. Stickers come with each Lion program kit. Award stickers immediately. The Lion badge is earned by

completing five required adventures. The badge may be attached to the Lion cap or T-shirt. Adventures are completed during the den meetings and outings. Adventure Stickers Located inside your Lion program kit as shown here: 17 Pack Participation Dens from other grades hold their own den meetings. Once each month, all dens in a pack get together for a

pack meeting led by the Cubmaster. Lions are a part of the pack, at an introductory level. Lions attend two to three pack meetings. When selecting pack meetings, consider these ideas: Pick a few really special or fun pack meetings, and make sure the Lions feel included. You may want to consider a holiday pack meeting, blue and gold banquet, or end-of-year celebration. Training Youth Protection training Required for Lion guides Available free online at www.scouting.org/training/youthprotection Although Youth Protection training is required only for Lion guides, it is suggested that all adult partners complete the training.

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video (2 minutes) Required for both Lion guides and adult partners Lion Guide and Parent Orientation slide presentation Required for Lion guides Recommended and encouraged for each adult partner Online Resource Lion web page: www.scouting.org/lion One-stop shop for parent and leader resources FAQs Program overview Lion Guide and Parent Orientation video

Lion Guide and Parent Orientation slide presentation Recruiting materialsfliers, promotional video, photos, etc. Need help? Contact Member Care at 972-580-2489 or [email protected] Pilot Evaluation The pilot program will be assessed and evaluated throughout the year. Feedback will be requested from: Parents

Lion guides Cubmasters Councils For the pilot to be valid, it is important to deliver the curriculum and program as written. Appendix Lion vs. Tiger: Similarities LION TIGER ADULTS:

Adult partners required Adult partners required LEADERSHIP: Shared leadership Shared leadership RECOGNITION: Stickers and Lion badge Adventure loops and Tiger badge

UNIFORM: T-shirt and optional cap Cub Scout field uniform OATH and LAW: Scout Oath and Scout Law Scout Oath and Scout Law CAMPING: Family camping with pack / No den camping

Family camping with pack / No den camping FUN: ACTIVE and HANDS-ON! ACTIVE and HANDS-ON! Lion vs. Tiger: Differences LION TIGER BOBCAT:

Does not earn Bobcat Earns Bobcat DEN MEETINGS: 12 times per month 34 times per month PACK MEETINGS: Attends a few (23) Attends all

FUNDRAISING: Does not fundraise Participates in fundraising DAY CAMP: No day camp Tiger/Cub Scout day camp (until Tiger) Activation Timeline

May Aug. Recruit and train Lion guides Aug. Sept. Recruit youth, Lion pilot begins May 2017 Surveys, evaluations, and select focus groups conducted by the Pilots and Program Development Department

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